Three questions for SKÄR – Episode 019

  • If you could design the perfect venue for SKAR to play in, what would it consist of?
  • Can you tell me about the moment that SKÄR came together?
  • What is the hardest piece of music that you’ve ever written? It can be hard because it was tough emotionally, cathartic, or even from a technical standpoint. Also, why was it hard. Asked by Patrick McElravy from 9 Stitch Method on Episode 18.

The Song: Build on Love

B.O.L. (Build On Love) It is in the classic hard rock power ballad style, a song about how no matter where you are in life, love seems to find you. It can break your heart but that helps you grow. So “Build On Love don’t you tear it down, Build On Love when it comes around”

About SKAR

Band Location: Sioux Falls, SD USA
Band Genre: Classic Hard Rock

SKÄR is a powerful 5pc classic hard rock band with strong lead vocals shared by our female lead vocalist and our drummer. We do play covers in our own style and we “SKARIFY” songs which means we take classic out of the box songs and update then with a new energy, we add a heavier crunch yet stay true to the original. released our first album “SKARIFIED” (Volume 1) in Sept. 2018 and are finishing up our second album tentatively called “Butterfly That Stings” with a late Sept./early Oct. release date.

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Lou Lombardi – Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone 3QS014

Three questions for Lou Lombardi – Episode 014

  • Some of my listeners may know you as the host of The Loudini Rock & Roll Circus Podcast, can you tell us about how the show came about and how it affects you personally as a musician? (Joann Quinn Smith’s Positively Pittsburgh Live!)
  • If you could go back in time and spend 1 year following any band around without changing history, which band would you follow and why?
  • I really like it when people talk about their live show memories because I feel like the craziest stuff happens. So I wanted to know, what’s a really great live show memory that you have? – asked by Marina of Echoheart in Episode 013

The Song: Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone?

Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone is a song about the days of psychedelic exploration. I wrote it to commemorate that era and also to say that we have lost something. There are some fun Easter Eggs in the song with references like “our merry prankster friends” and “electric cherry Koolaid”. The protagonist is singing to a girl, presumably one of the acid queens. While Tina Turner played the Acid Queen in the film version of Tommy, it’s also a reference to some of the other ladies who rocked that late sixties/ early seventies era; like Grace Slick, Mama Cass, and of course the great Janice Joplin.

Musically, the song is straight up hard rock with a singable catchy chorus. The guitar solo has this slightly out of time feel which we intentionally did as a way of showing how out of touch the world is today with that era of mental exploration.

About Lou Lombardi

Band Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Band Genre: Hard Rock

When a teenage Trekker from a devout Christian upbringing realized that he couldn’t join the crew of the Enterprise, he did the next best thing; he picked up a guitar, traded his Larry Norman praise music for ‘real’ rock n’ roll and never looked back.

Lou ‘Loudini’ Lombardi has been rocking the Pittsburgh PA area and beyond for over 20 years with his high octane brand of classic hard rock, as a solo artist, with his band Strangelove and as a freelance songwriter and session player for acts including Carly Simon and Billy Joel collaborator Pete Hewlett.

He is the host of the Loudini Rock And Roll Circus podcast, broadcasting weekly to a global audience and has conducted extended interviews with a wide roster of musicians, including recent chats with Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and Nancy Wilson of Heart. And even if he never did fly to the stars, he came close when he opened for KISS’s space-ace Ace Frehley.

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The Art of Being a Front Man PYS003

Doug Carnahan of After the Fall comes on episode #3 of Podcast your Scene: Throwdown to join Bill, Brian, and John and discuss what it is like to be a front man. Bill asked the boys the following questions:

  • Are the monitors really always as bad as you guys think they are on stage?
  • How would you have handled the situation that Mariah Carey was in on New Year’s Eve?
  • When did you know you wanted to sing in a rock band, and why?
  • In each of your eyes, what do you believe it takes to be the front man of a rock band?
  • Have you ever made a decision to do a stunt on stage that you realize that maybe you shouldn’t have done that and lost your place in the song?
  • Do you have any embarrassing stories from you time in bands?
  • What is your favorite part about being in the spotlight and being the front man of your band?
  • If there was one thing that you wanted your fans to know, what would it be?

The guys told some very interesting road stories, as well as, information from each of their respective backgrounds. At one point, they talk about finding the correct woman that understands what you have to be as a front man to be able to keep your personal and band relationships in check.

The guys also talked little bit about their respective scenes.

We also did a little bit of a biography of Tony Marinacci which will lead us into next month’s episode of Podcast Your Scene: Throwdown, where we will be talking about the state of local entertainment. This was an annual thing that Tony wrote for his website.

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State Of Local Entertainment 2015 –

Total Music & EntertainmentWhat is the state of local entertainment going into 2016? For those of you that may not know Tony Marinacci of Total Entertainment & Entertainment passed away on September 2, 2015. He was an important figure in the history of the Pennsylvania Rock Show. Tony was instrumental in teaching me how to run a sound board on his own for the live performances that took place in the early years of the show. Tony made suggestions on things such as what bands to play, what equipment to buy, & so much more. But more, much more than that, Tony was Bill’s friend. One of the very last thing’s that Tony asked me to do was to keep his website online for a few years after he passed away. I agreed without hesitation.

Now, I bet you’re wondering what this preface has to do with this post. Every year Tony would release a post on the news section of his website about the State of Local Entertainment. I want to pick of the reigns and continue it for him; however, I don’t feel that I am qualified to do it on my own. So I came up with a plan. I have asked a few people the same questions about the local scene. This article will allow you to read their thoughts. I have asked Brian Drusky (Drusky Entertainment), Chip DiMonick (Chip DiMonick Band, Londona, & Helping Hands Rock Reviews), John Klazon (Western Pennsylvania Local Music Scene), and Vinni Belfiore (Musicans Hotsheet), Michael Stover (MTS Management Group), and Doug Carnahan (After the Fall) to help me tackle this in this article. You can also listen to John Lane’s (the Hellfire Club) answers to the questions in this month’s the Pennsylvania Rock Show.

The State of Entertainment PARS342 by The Pennsylvania Rock Show on Mixcloud

Continue to Brian Drusky’s Responses

The Pennsylvania Rock Show 11 Year Anniversary Benefit Concert –

6:30 Amber Alexis
7:30 Xander Demos
8:30 A Common Crown
9:30 The Hellfire Club
10:30 Kill the Drama
11:30 Big House Pete

Learn more about our Anniversary shows

The Pennsylvania Rock Show began on September 14, 2004. On September 29, 2012 we had our first anniversary concert. The concert was a benefit show for one of Bill’s students who is in need of a liver transplant. All money that was made that day was directly donated to her. Starting in 2013, the anniversary shows began donating all money that comes through the door to Rock for Life, Inc.

It is the mission of Rock for Life to provide financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose. Recipient(s) of support will be determined annually, utilizing selection criteria guidelines as adopted by the Directors. Financial support may be provided to a needy individual or a non-profit organization that supports the mission of Rock for Life.

the Pennsylvania Rock Show Charts, again! –

IMG_20150726_243113515Episode 334 of the Pennsylvania Rock Show, After the Fall: Still Here – Keith Kweder Memorial PARS334, has hit #45 on the MixCloud Metal Charts today!

update 8/7/2015: It is now #31 on the chart!

After the Fall: Still Here – Keith Kweder Memorial PARS334 by The Pennsylvania Rock Show on Mixcloud

Rock for Life: Gigaroo 2015 –

Rock for Life: Sydney Rock for Life: LeelandRock for Life: Gigaroo 12 invades Iselin Ballfield this July 10 & 11!

Your $20 donation gets you into this 2 day local music festival hosted by Rock for Life. Gigaroo 2015 features Big House Pete, Creep, Five Alarm Flood, Silk 9, Rokbot, Zone 8, the Anti-Psychotics, Homicide Black, A Common Crown, Lovesick, Camp Element, Transcendence, Suffacate, The All Star Frogs, Jason Mailman Slee, Doug Carnahan Acoustic, JL Cook Acoustic

There will be vendors on hand serving alcohol to patrons of legal age with id and food! Other vendors will be there as well.

This year’s Rock for Life recipients are Leeland Wensel & Sydney Brison


It is the mission of Rock for Life to provide financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.

Recipient(s) of support will be determined annually, utilizing selection criteria guidelines as adopted by the Directors. Financial support may be provided to a needy individual or a non-profit organization that supports the mission of Rock for Life.


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Rock for Life Gigaroo – Admission and Drug & Alcohol Policy

The show is all ages. Anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult! Rock for Life will not tolerate any illegal drug or alcohol use or activity. Any individual caught violating Rock for Life policies or any violation of the state of Pennsylvania pertaining to drugs and alcohol will be prosecuted in a court of law. There will be PA State Police patrolling the area as there is at all of our events. All we ask is have a good time within the letter of the law, respect the community and Young Twp. And remember what Rock for life is all about and why we are there. To help those people that are less fortunate than ourselves. Steve Craven co-founder of Rock for Life

Camping & Grounds

Camping is available on site. You must bring your own tent or rv. Electrical hookups are not available. You must be 21 if you are drinking alcohol. No Glass Bottles, please! If you plan on drinking, please plan on camping or bring a designated driver! There are food, beverage, and other vendors available on site. There are garbage cans located throughout the grounds, please use them! Parking is available near the entrance to the venue.

Directions to Rock for Life Gigaroo

From Apollo, PA and surrounding areas
– Take Rt. 56 past Apollo Ridge High School. Pass The Kool Kone Ice
cream place.Turn *RIGHT* right before DoBros Country Kitchen (After a little water wheel thing in the grass on
right). Make the next *RIGHT* onto Iselin Rd. (Rt. 3021) Follow until you come to the village of Iselin. the ball
field is on the LEFT.

From Indiana, PA and surrounding areas – Take Rt 286 west until you come to the CLARKSBURG VALLEY INN. Turn
*RIGHT* onto Iselin Road (Rt. 3021). The ball field will be on the RIGHT.

From Monroeville, PA and surrounding areas – Take Rt 286 East. Turn *LEFT* onto Iselin Road (Rt. 3021) and follow through town. The ball field will be on the right.

From Pittsburgh, PA and surround areas – Take Rt 376 East. 376 East merges with Rt. 22 East. Take Rt 22 East for about 1/4 mile to Rt 286 E (Golden Mile Highway) turn right at Cooper’s Trailer Sales (on left) to stay on Rt 286. Turn *LEFT* onto Iselin Road (Rt. 3021) and follow through town. The ball field will be on the right.

Please join AK Music Scene & the Pennsylvania Rock Show at Gigaroo

A Rock for Life: A Wide Spread Family –

Rock for Life Concert Series: RfL 17Years ago, I started designing websites for local musicians. The very first website I did was for a band called Hybrid. Steve Craven, Matt Ferrante, Tim Henry, and John Couslin made up that band. Through the years I’ve followed the scene while these group of men have moved on to different bands. Steve and Matt have been in a few bands since those days, but one thing that has remained constant is that they give back to the scene and community through their Rock for Life concert series. The mission of Rock for Life is to provide financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.

Over the years, I have taken probably thousands of photos at various Rock for Life concerts. I’ve updated their websites, facebook, twitter, & more. I consider what I do a small cog in the machine that has done so much good for going on 16 years now.

I didn’t realize how much these concerts, these people, these fans actually affect the benefactors of the series until this past year. The 15th year benefited, Alicia Hruby, a student of mine. She has defied the odds and has gotten her liver transplant. Her life is starting to turn back to “normalcy”. What really makes me be proud of Rock for Life, not just the concerts and the people behind it, are the people in the fields and in the venues. Don’t get me wrong the people on the stage, playing for free, who are bringing the crowds in to support the cause are awesome people, but it is the people in the field throwing their hands in the air, head banging, listening that I’m writing about today.

The last few Rock for Life recipients have started calling the fans & band members their Rock for Life Family. There is a reason for this. These people who come together to have some fun, help out a cause, and listen to some of the best unsigned music in the area do something else. They actually do SUPPORT the family and children that Rock for Life strive to help. They help them not just monetarily through their support of the concert series, but also through keeping up with the children and family through social media, visiting them in the hospital, sending them get well cards, praying for them, and just about anything else you would expect from family.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person that has ever had anything to do with Rock for Life.

I always thought the word, “family”, meant you had to be related by blood. I’m finding that to be only half true. My parents, sister, and I had somewhat of a normal life with parents working, Alicia and I going to school, dance classes after, and swimming with friends in the summer. Then something happened that changed our “normal” lives forever. We found out my little sister was very ill with multiple complications, and after many tests in just a few years, found out she would need a new liver. School days, dance, and going to the pool turned to hospital stays for her. A place a teenage girl should not be. This isn’t the end to the story though, not even close. Through what seemed like an awful journey for us, we met the most loving, spectacular, kind-hearted people I could ever dream of knowing! People in our lives, in our community, were coming together to support us. One person in particular was mine and Alicia’s middle school science teacher, Bill Domiano. He had mentioned about a benefit where a bunch of people get together and put on rock shows to raise money and my sister would be the recipient for that year. We accepted. We attended, and couldn’t stop at one show. Our family expanded so much from that day on. We had just met them, and it seems like we had known them for a lifetime. You see, “family” means more than blood. Way more. It involves love and caring for one another. We have laughed and cried together. THEY are our FAMILY now, and we are theirs. I can’t thank the Rock for Life community enough and everyone involved.

-Taylor Hruby

Jeff Defalco – Local Spotlight –

AKMS: You’ve been a main stay on the local music scene for quite some time. What would you say has been the biggest change in our music scene during that span?

Jeff: I really don’t think a lot has changed over time other than.. maybe a lot of the older clubs that were around are no longer around. New ones seem to be popping up all the time. Music is music! It just keeps rolling on!

AKMS: What venue that you’ve played is your favorite, and why?

Jeff: I dont really have a favorite. When the place is rockin’ and full of energy ..that would be my favorite at that time! We have played Heinz Field for the Steelers games quite a bit! Those are really cool.. And we got to play at the Penguins Winter Classic a few years ago…

AKMS: What about your music career are you most proud of, and why?

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Photo Courtesy of Reina Peli –

Jeff: probably that ive been able to do this non stop for over 30 years…..and its so awesome of a feeling to be able to play with your own kid!…. He is a drumming beast!.

AKMS: You currently play in Glitz, Rockness Monsters, and Thieves. Can you give a brief description of what someone new to these bands might expect to see at one of their shows?

Jeff: GLITZ is 100% hair metal. We pride ourselves on sticking to that for the last 13 plus years. The sound and light show is super cool, too. We try to make it seem like 1985 all over again… that’s what GLITZ is about.

ROCKNESS MONSTERS is more or less heavier alternative. More on the 105.9 the X side of things. We do a lot of our own twist on a lot of songs. We call it MONSTERIZE (ha) We cover a lot of ground and eras!

THIEVES is an acoustic band. Mostly classic tunes. We do mix it up pretty good with the song selection. We are big on the 3 part harmony thing.

AKMS: Hendrix, Eddie, or some other guitar god?

Jeff: Guitar god?… My favorites are George Lynch, Randy Rhoads & David Gilmour. And acoustically would be Michael Hedges and Steven Stills.

AKMS: You teach guitar in the valley, what advice would you give a kid starting out on guitar with dreams of being on stage?

Jeff:  Advice? Well, to be on stage in a working band takes years to acomplish to be successful at it. Its like a marriage, if its meant to be.. It will,  But more importantly would be that since I’ve been a teacher for many many years now, my advice would be to practice a lot!!!!!  And try to get better every day! And make it fun! Because if you don’t, you probably won’t be doing it for long… And the best advice I’d give would be never be in competition with other players to see who is best!  Just be your best! Thats your biggest competition!

AKMS: What embarrassing songs might we find on your phone or MP3 player?

Jeff: My ipod has so many songs that are on there because my students want me to teach them how to play certain songs. Justin Beiber! (haa) Lady Gaga… Katie Perry…(ugh)

AKMS: Sticking with embarrassing things, have you ever had an embarrassing moment on stage?

Jeff: The most embarrassing!…got it! When Brandon (my son) played his first GLITZ gig, first song of the night, my mind was racing. To make sure everything went off without hitch … Well, not paying attention to my own self, I grabbed the wrong guitar, which was in a different tuning than the one I was supposed to be using! We started rockin’ out and had to stop about 15 seconds into the show! All because of me!.. haaa…ya… A little embarrassing, I’d say… I wanted to hide!

Please list websites or contact info for all 3 bands:

Please list upcoming shows for all 3 bands:

  • GLITZ at Blue Haven this Saturday, March 7, 2015
  • THIEVES at Falcon’s in Ford City on March 20, 2015
  • ROCKNESS at Blue Haven on march 28, 2015

(kaj) Bombs 10 Year Anniversary –

2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of one of the most played albums on the Pennsylvania Rock Show and Indie Band radio, (kaj) – bombs. Below are the live versions of the songs that we recorded on the Pennsylvania Rock Show and Indieband radio live internet radio (kaj) CD release party! Listen to 9 live tracks from that evening! You can also get a copy of Creep’s Album, Lesson 3!